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  • Former Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer to preside over Oklahoma Senior Follies — but you won't catch him performing

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Barry Switzer will preside over the show, sitting on a throne. He won’t perform. The Senior Follies is intended to reinvigorate the senior community and raise money for Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County.

  • Check out the Thunder postseason playlist

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Thunder are looking to crank up the volume for the playoffs, strategically selecting a music playlist to do so in the postseason. Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger has already complained twice this season about the volume of the music at Thunder games this season. Now, he can at least have the list of the songs that will blow out his eardrums. Thunder Playlist

  • Strong era begins at Texas with shaky QB play

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Charlie Strong era began at Texas with a shaky performance at quarterback and few questions answered about just how quickly the Longhorns can rebound in the Big 12 under their new coach. With next season's presumed starter David Ash not playing because of a foot injury, Tyrone Swoopes took all the snaps with the first-team offense in the Longhorns' annual spring scrimmage. Swoopes rallied from a poor start to finish with 229 yards and three touchdowns against the second-team defense. But he likely did little to establish himself as the potential top-flight quarterback the Longhorns have lacked for several seasons if Ash's injury problems persist. Ash missed most of last season with concussion sympto

  • Texas LB Edmond calls Baylor 'trash'

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The 2014 season is still months away, but Texas linebacker Steve Edmond is wasting no time stirring things up in the Big 12. Edmond called league champion Baylor "trash" on Saturday after Texas wrapped up spring practice with its annual scrimmage. Edmond missed last season's 30-10 loss to the Bears because he was out with a lacerated liver. The victory clinched the league crown for the Bears and denied Texas its first title since 2009. "I really don't like Baylor," Edmond said. "I still feel they're trash." Texas has lost three of its last four against Baylor. The teams meet Oct. 4 in Waco. "Y'all think it's funny, but I'm dead serious," Edmond said. "They've had some good players. . B

  • Orioles' offense stalls in 4-2 loss at Boston

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Baltimore starter Bud Norris could use a little offensive support, although he was pleased to see how quickly his teammates came to his defense. Norris held Boston to four runs on five hits, striking out seven and walking two in a good performance that wasn't quite enough to overcome the Orioles' struggles at the plate as the Red Sox beat Baltimore 4-2 on Saturday. Norris could take losing to the World Series champions, but was baffled by a moment in the seventh inning when a tie game was interrupted with players from both benches running onto the field after Boston catcher David Ross took exception to a high, inside pitch while attempting a sacrifice bunt. "I don't really understand where it's coming fr

  • Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Saturday, April 19

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A list of all the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports next year.

  • Twins unable to solve Royals bullpen in 5-4 loss

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Right fielder Chris Colabello misjudged a fly ball. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe never saw a liner hit at him. And catcher Josmil Pinto made the most glaring mistake when he threw the ball into left field for an error during a double steal. The result of all that Minnesota mayhem was a five-run fourth inning for the Kansas City Royals, and a head-scratching 5-4 loss on Saturday for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. "These plays ended up costing us a ball game," he said. Kevin Correia (1-1) wound up allowing all five runs, only four of which were earned, on nine hits and two walks in just six innings. But at least some of them could have been avoided. Or rather, should have been avoided.

  • Trout fans 4 times, Angels lose 5-2 to Tigers

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — This was a rare sight: Mike Trout looking overmatched at the plate. Trout struck out four times Saturday, and the Los Angeles Angels lost 5-2 to Max Scherzer and the Detroit Tigers. It was the first time in Trout's career he fanned more than three times in a game, and not even Albert Pujols' 498th home run could lift Los Angeles to another win over the Tigers. "Some days you've just got to tip your cap. (Scherzer) made a few good pitches," Trout said. "He's got good life on his fastball. The ball, in the middle, kind of rises up from that kind of sidearm motion." Trout struck out three times against Scherzer and then was caught looking against Joe Nathan in the ninth. Scherzer struck out nine in seven i

  • Cavani fires PSG to League Cup title

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Edinson Cavani scored twice to fire Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-1 win over Lyon in the French League Cup final on Saturday. PSG won a record fourth League Cup, one more than Marseille and Bordeaux. Cavani outpaced the Lyon defense to poke home a clipped pass from Maxwell in the fourth minute. The Uruguay forward doubled the lead by converting a penalty in the 33rd after goalkeeper Anthony Lopes fouled winger Lucas Moura. Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette scored a consolation goal with a long-range strike in the 56th. "The League Cup was an important goal for us," Cavani said. "We wanted to end this poor run of form." PSG was knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea this month and lost 1-0

  • Skating room at a premium in playoff opener

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins' rink is 200 feet long by 85 feet wide, just like all the others in the NHL. So much ice. But in the playoff opener with the Detroit Red Wings, so little room to skate. Pavel Datsyuk managed to find enough space in the tight-checking game to score with 3:01 left and give the Red Wings a 1-0 win on Friday night. Now Boston has to create more room in Game 2 on Sunday or it could be looking at a 2-0 deficit with the best-of-seven series shifting to Detroit. "We thought that the game was actually faster than it was," Bruins center David Krejci said. "We just have to hold on to the puck and make some confident plays." The more physical Bruins are usually the ones crowding opponen

  • VIDEO: Blake Griffin dumps water on a fan

    Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    Whoops. Watch Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin as he inadvertently throws water on a fan. Griffin fouled out with less than a minute to go against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Upon watching a replay of his foul, Griffin throws his hands up as if to say "what gives?" The fan probably said the same thing.

  • Bats fall silent as Indians lose 5-0

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Swisher admits the Cleveland Indians are scuffling. The veteran first baseman also knows it's too early in the season to overreact. "Obviously we haven't had the start we wanted as a group," he said after Saturday's 5-0 loss to Toronto. "Then again last year we started off the season 5-10, so not time to panic just yet." Cleveland has lost three in a row and seven of nine, but manager Terry Francona isn't worried. "This game, there's a lot of (frustration)," he said. "The good part from where I sit is that I know they'll fight through it. We really believe in this group a lot and it's not always easy, it's not always fun, but we really believe in this group. That's what I hang my hat on eve

  • Royals bullpen holds on for 5-4 victory over Twins

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals manager Ned Yost turned to pitching coach Dave Eiland in the fifth inning Saturday and told him that Kansas City was going to have to protect a one-run lead against Minnesota. The way his bullpen has been going, there was no need to worry. Danny Duffy, Wade Davis and Greg Holland allowed one walk and no hits over the final four innings, and the Royals held on for a scrappy 5-4 victory over the Twins. "They've been lights-out, and they're starting to get accustomed to the season," Yost said of his relief corps, which helped starter Jason Vargas polish off a shutout in the series opener. The Royals have won five straight after getting swept last weekend in Minnesota. "We all co

  • Buehrle dominates, Blue Jays blank Indians 5-0

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Mark Buehrle has a simple explanation for his unbeaten record. "The slower you throw the better off you are," he said after pitching the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. Buehrle (4-0) pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and lowered his ERA to 0.64 in four starts. The 34-year-old left-hander, who once pitched a perfect game, was pulled after giving up a single and walk to start the eighth. He allowed four hits overall, struck out three and walked three. "I haven't changed anything in 10 or 11 years," he said. "I'm not going to keep asking questions. I'm going to go out there and run with it and see what happens.

  • Yankees' Robertson expects to rejoin team soon

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees closer David Robertson pitched in an extended spring training game for the first time since being sidelined by a groin strain and expects to rejoin the team Tuesday. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings of an intrasquad game Saturday. "I think I'm ready to go pitch," Robertson said. "Groin felt fine." Robertson felt discomfort April 6 in the ninth inning of a 6-4 win over Toronto and was placed on the disabled list. He is replacing major league saves leader Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season. First baseman Mark Teixeira went 2 for 4 with a walk in his third extended spring training game since injuring his right leg.

  • Rick Gosselin: With 16th pick, will any of the top defensive linemen be there for Cowboys?

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    Football has always been a game of blocking and tackling. But the updated NFL version features the three Ps: pass, protect and pressure. The quest of every NFL team is to find a franchise quarterback. When you find one, you must protect him because he’ll be wearing a bull’s eye. Defenses know they must pressure him. Pound him. Sack him. The more you hit a quarterback, the less of a factor he becomes. The league has crafted that formula. Check out the last seven drafts — in particular, the top five picks of every draft since 2007. Of those 35 premium selections, there have been eight quarterbacks, nine offensive tackles and nine defensive linemen. Quarterbacks have their own draft board. But you need to

  • Scherzer, Tigers end 10-game skid against Angels

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer gave Detroit's beleaguered bullpen a bit of a breather. Scherzer struck out nine in seven innings — fanning Mike Trout three times in the process — and the Detroit Tigers finally managed to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-2 on Saturday. Detroit had dropped 10 straight to the Angels, including an 11-6 loss the previous night in which Los Angeles battered the Tigers with 10 extra-base hits. "I realized it was important to get deep into a game, and that's why even after the sixth inning I said, 'Let me go back out there,'" Scherzer said. "I know our bullpen has been taxed as of late." Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, who beat the Angels for the first time s

  • High school notebook: Football championship sites up in the air

    By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Published: Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The 11-man state football championships are no longer guaranteed to be played in Stillwater at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association announced at Wednesday’s board of directors meeting that the five-year agreement with OSU has expired and the university does not want to commit to hosting each game. “They’ve been a great partner, they have bent over backwards for us during this time and it’s been a good relationship,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “If we can play a game or two there, we’ll certainly consider it.

  • Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. That would be his final play in the Washington Nationals' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. First-year manager Matt Williams will tolerate physical miscues, such as the error that provided St. Louis three unearned runs, but he won't take the nonchalance that the normally aggressive Harper displayed during his sixth-inning jog. "Lack of hustle. That's why he came out of the game," Williams said. "He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when we play the game, that we hustle at all times.

  • BC-HKN--Blackhawks-Blues,OvertimeAdvisory, HKN

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    EDITORS: The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues are tied at 3 after regulation in Game 2 of their NHL playoff series.